Mount Kailash

Mount Kailash Simikot Trek

The Kailash "Gang Rinpoche", which means "Jewel of snow" is striking in the way it rises high above the surrounding range and always remains snow - capped. Mount Kailash has a unique and distinct shape, with four sheer faces matching the cardinal points of the compass. It is also free standing, solitary.

At the base of Mount Kailash, is Lake Mansarovar (derived from the word 'sarovar, meaning lake, and 'Man' from its creator, Brahma. A pilgrimage to Mount Kailash and a bath in the Mansarovar is believed to bring about salvation (Moksha). The most important time to visit Mount Kailash, is during the festival of Saga Dawa held in May of each year. It is celebrated in every village and monastery but most importantly, to Mount Kailash.

During this festival which honours Buddha, monks hold religious activities and Buddhists sing chants of sutras, and circumambulate sacred places in a clock-wise direction. It is a time of meditation, respect and prayer. This is a very important time for Tibetans. If a Tibetan does any good deeds or religious practices, its merit is doubled during the month of Saga Dawa.



Mount Kailash via Zhangmu Overview

Day-1: Kathmandu

Day-2: Kathmandu

Day-3: Zhangmu

Day-4: Nyalam

Day-5: Drive to Saga

Day-6: Drive to Paryang

Day-7: Drive to Horchu

Day-8: Visit Darchen

Day-9: Start the trek

Day-10: Trek. 24kms

Day-11: Complete the trek (15kms / hrs). Drive to Horchu

Day-12: Free Day

Day-13: Drive back to Paryang

Day-14: Drive back to Saga

Day-15: Drive back to Nyalam

Day-16: Cross to Kathmandu

Day-17: Free day to explore Kathmandu

Day-18: Final Departure

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Mt Kailash Trek via Simikot Detailed Itinerary

Day-1: Arrive and transfer to Hotel

Day 02: Sightseeing and obtain the Tibet Visa. Hotel Overnight.Tonight you will enjoy a welcome dinner with a live Nepalese Cultural Program

Day-3: Today, we head out to Zhangmu, abut 115km and the onwards to Nyalam ( 3700meters), crossing over the Friendship Bridge which spans the Bhote Koshi River and marks the Chinese - Nepalese border

Day-4: We will spend a full day at Nyalam to help us to acclimatise to the increase in altitude

Day-5: Drive about 250km to the town of Saga at 4600m, passing by the huge lake called Peiku-tso. We will also cross over two high passes with spectacular mountain views before leaving the Friendship Highway and heading west. The drive will take us about 7 hours to cover 232km. Camp Overnight

Day-6: Drive to Paryang at 4700 meters, taking about 8 hours, across the vast dry plains of the Tibetan Plateau. Overnight

Day-7: Driveto Horchu (4500 meters). Covering 290 kms in about 8 hours. Overnight

Day-8: Visit Darchen at 4580 meters and prepare for the trek. Today will be a relatively short drive of about 1.½ hours

Trek: During the trek you will rise and fall in altitude and dependant on the time of year, may be accompanied by a number of other people doing the pilgrimage. During the Saga Dawa festival, hundreds of Tibetans flock to this point, some trekking from as far away as China . Some will pass you walking, and others will complete the trek by prostrating themselves on the ground for the full distance around the mountain

Day-9: Start the pilgrimage trek. 14kms, 7 to 8hrs, 4800meters

Day-10: Trek. 24kms, 9 to 10hrs, 4680meters.

Day-11: Complete the trek (15kms / hrs). Driveto Horchu, (4500 meters) and Lake Mansarovar . This is a holy, sacred lake. Camp Overnight

Day-12: Today we will have a free day to spend time to explore the surrounding area of the Lake Overnight

Continue Back

Day-13: Drive back to Paryang. (292 kms / 08 to 09 hrs).

Day-14: Drive back to Saga (252 kms / 07 to 08 hrs).

Day-15: Drive back to Nyalam (232 kms / 07 hrs). Overnight at Guest House.

Day-16: Cross the border (Zhangmu) (38kms / 1 hr) and continue drive toKathmandu (115 kms / 05 hrs). Hotel Overnight.

Day-17: Free day to explore Kathmandu. Hotel Overnight.

Day-18: Final Departure from your trip to Mount Kailash

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Kailash Zhangmu



Tibet Tourism and Visas

Tibet is new to tourism and as such, you may often encounter things running a little differently to the way they do in the west. Time adherence can be slow and facilities e.g. some restaurants and public toilets seriously "wanting."

The roads are also prone to wash ways causing delays or detours and often sections of a road will be closed without prior notice. As such, a good degree of patience is required when travelling to Tibet. We do however, endeavour to make your journey run as smoothly as possible despite these issues.

When entering Tibet from Nepal, Chinese Visas cannot be used. As such, the visa for Tibet must be obtained from the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu. As visa's are only issued on Mondays, Wednesday's and Thursdays (except if they fall on a Chinese Holiday), tours need to be arranged to suit these visa issue dates, i.e. any one going on a tour departing for Tibet from Nepal, needs to arrive in Kathmandu at least three days before entering Tibet.  

When you confirm your trip with us, we will organize your Travel Permit for Tibet, Visa Approval Documents and apply to the Chinese embassy to obtain your visa. We will thus require your full passport details, 3 weeks prior to your arrival at Kathmandu. The final documentation will be done on arrival in Nepal.   Please note that visa for Tibet obtained elsewhere has still got to be endorsed by the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu.

Mount Kailash
Duration 18 Days
Best time April to October
Sleeping Hotels and Tents
Trek Grade: 2CFP
A combination of very long days with steep paths, boulders and mountain scrambling. Glaciers and snow may be encountered at high altitude.

There is no need for technical climbing experience. Medium risk of altitude sickness. Altitudes up to 6000m. Good cardio vascular fitness is needed with weight and circuit training and running. Lots of hill walking. Backpacks will weight about 4-5kg and contain water, camera and essentials. Trek weight loss in the region of 4kg.

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Dates and Costs

Although we have some open departure dates, most climbs are arranged on a private basis.

For current prices

Kailash tek via Zhangmu

Price includes
All trekking and travel permits
Accommodation in tents or Guesthouses as specified
Private transfers
Entrance fees
All camping fees
Border fee
Hotel in Kathmandu (twin sharing, including breakfast).
One full day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley (for Kathmandu joining)
All ground transfer as per our itinerary
Full board while camping
Tents and all necessary kitchen utensils
Dinner with Nepalese Cultural program (for Kathmandu joining)
Visa fee for Kathmandu joining, excluding $100 supplement for US Nationals.


Prices excludes
International flights
Required airport taxes
Visa's and vaccinations
Porters tips
Items of clothing, sleeping bags and miscellaneous drinks, etc.
Airport Taxes (see below)
Tibet visa fee for Lhasa Joining
Visa fee supplement of $100 for US Nationals
Extra expenses and/or additional days caused due to unexpected events (delays, porterage because of land slides and other natural events.)


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